Health For The Traveler In Ecuador
Health Insurance For Travelers
This is insurance for traveling without worries because
it covers medical expenses that you may incur. The insured
is covered for any medical treatment from a simple medical
consultation to hospitalization in the case that it is
necessary. It also covers return trips if required.
Coverage will depend on the type of insurance that you
have. Therefore it is preferable to ask about pertinent
details from the insurance carrier of your choosing. It
is a good idea to always carry a copy of the policy with
you in case the original is lost. You should also keep
copies of receipts when you use the insurance.
The best thing to do is to buy the insurance with anticipation
because it could be the case that you won’t be covered
during the trip if you buy it only a week ahead of time
due to the fact that the paperwork could take longer than
normal and not all offices will cover this time period.
In general, if you need hospitalization, the traveler
will have to pay directly to the hospital and then later
be reimbursed by the insurance company. In most hospitals
and clinics, credit cards are accepted.
Medical Attention in Ecuador:
Doctors, Hospitals & Pharmacies
In Ecuador there are many hospitals and clinics where
the traveler can be attended if there is some emergency
while in the country. But it is recommended that the traveler
check things out before traveling to prevent incidents.
If the traveler needs some medical attention, the best
thing to do is to go directly to the nearest clinic. For
more information on the different clinics and hospitals,
private as well as public, visit the section Hospitals
and Health in Ecuador.
In the case that some type of medication is needed, the
traveler can obtain this at any pharmacy. The largest
chain of pharmacies in Quito and in the country is Fybeca.
Throughout the city, small and large pharmacies can be
found. But remember that if you generally take some specific
medication in your home country, this type of medication
may not exist in Ecuador so you should make sure to bring
a large enough supply of the product to last you during
It is also recommendable to know generic names of certain
medications because there are many places that make medicines.
In general, the generic medication is cheaper than brand
name ones. It is also recommended to look for a doctor
that could recommend a certain medication because self-medicating
is not safe. Some hotels can give you a list of doctors
but it is best if you go to a clinic or a hospital.
For traveling to Ecuador, you should be vaccinated for
some diseases found in the country that you could be exposed
to. This is for prevention but it is not a rule. This
should be done under the indication of your doctor because
you may not be able to receive two vaccines at the same
time or you could be allergic to one of them. It is recommended
that the traveler consult with a doctor about this at
least 6 months prior to travel.
The vaccinations necessary in Ecuador are against cholera
(this vaccine is not very potent in its level of protection
and can cause certain secondary effects). However, the
diphtheria/tetanus vaccine is highly recommended for everyone.
Generally these are administered together. The first sea very good vaccine against hepatitis A that
lasts about 10 years. If the traveler is planning
on visiting the Amazon region especially he should
be vaccinated for hepatitis B. The polio vaccine
that is generally administered in childhood is highly
recommended as well as the vaccine for yellow fever.
In spite of the fact that rabies is not common in
Ecuador, it is preferable that you are vaccinated
against it. The vaccine against typhoid is generally
required for all of South America, above all if
the trip is going to be a long one. It is always
better to be safe than sorry.